Buzdar approves interim wheat policy

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the 32nd meeting of the provincial cabinet at his office here, which approved the interim wheat policy 2020-21 for release of wheat to flour mills.

With the release of government wheat, the 20-kg flour bag would be available at Rs 850, instead of Rs 1,050, in the market. The meeting decided to provide wheat to flour mills at the rate of Rs 1,475 per 40kg and interim wheat policy would continue for two months.

The Food Department would provide the government wheat quota to functional flour mills only and the decision to release the government wheat to flour mills, two months earlier, was made to provide flour to people at an affordable rate while the interim policy would be strictly monitored.

The cabinet directed the Food Department to submit a targeted subsidy plan, adding that recommendations be submitted within 30 days.

One-year extension in the contract of DG Punjab Forensic Science Agency Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir was given along with the approval of draft bill of an amendment to the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Act, 2014-15.

The meeting also gave approval to constitution of search committee for appointment of vice-chancellor to the public sector universities working under the Higher Education Department Punjab, along with the approval of amendments to the Punjab Infectious Diseases Ordinance, 2020 to ensure its effective implementation.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also approved amendments to the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax Rules, 1958 and also decided to table an Act in the Punjab Assembly for the establishment of the Time Institute in Multan.

The decisions made in the special meeting of cabinet standing committee for finance and development on May 13, 2020 about budget and ADP 2020-21 were also endorsed by the cabinet, whereas the decisions made in the 26th meeting of the cabinet standing committee for legislation were endorsed as well.

Addressing the meeting, the CM asserted that the government was committed to providing relief to people despite economic crunch and vowed that the public welfare journey would be moved forward speedily. The team was working hard and every necessary step would be taken for giving relief to citizens. The availability of oxygen in the hospitals would be ensured as Usman Buzdar directed the Health Department to take necessary steps in this regard so that there should be no shortage of oxygen. - APP